Peacekeepers move closer to Israeli border
MORE than 300 Irish peackeeping troops in south Lebanon are moving their base closer to the frontline with Israel, writes Tom Brady.
The decision means the troops will break their link with the community of Tibnin, where their headquarters, Camp Shamrock, has been located since they first became involved in the UN mission in 1978.
The new base, known as UNP 2-45, will be renamed Camp Shamrock when the move is completed shortly.
A senior army officer told the Irish Independent last night: "The new location offers better operational and logistical capabilities, it improves our force protection and gives us greater visibility to the surrounding area."